Good morning, everyone! It’s RicoChey here. I know you’re used to seeing me twice a week, but from here on out, I’ll be your Monday host for Chatterific fun times. Let’s jump in!
I wanna talk about time. More specifically, I wanna talk about how much time it takes to do something worthwhile. The boyfriend and I are both well-educated and intelligent, and we enjoy that about one another, so we tend to have a lot of intellectually driven conversations when we’re alone. Today, we randomly got into it over that old anecdote about Ernest Hemingway (or whichever author is credited in the version you’ve heard) and his buddy, chatting at a bar, and getting into it over the value of a novel versus that of a shorter tale. Their resulting bet would ultimately serve to defend the validity of what we now call microfiction or flash fiction for decades to come, and I still reference it today.
The more Daniel and I talked, the more it became a question of which is more difficult: A 75,000 word novel, or a six-word snap. As a writer, I jumped right to defending both mediums as having the potential to be equally difficult and taxing pursuits. For one, you have to take one core idea and flesh it out to fill three hundred pages; for the other, you have to take that same core and find a way to condense it down to its simplest state without sacrificing its content. Neither is an easy task. Daniel writes, but of the two of us, I am the more seasoned writer, and so his argument differed. He reasoned that the wealth of information involved in novel writing levels out to the more exhaustive project, and should be considered more difficult. The longer, more arduous application of skill, he suggests, makes it the weightier accomplishment of the two.
I found I could not decide whether that offended me or not. Essentially, he is telling me that the longer I take to finish something, the more value it has and the more effort it required. I have written a personal library of short stories in my time with the Flame, ranging from around three hundred words to five thousand, and if I compared two entries to represent those examples, I can’t guarantee I’d remember the longer of the two to have been the more draining. Two different stories, both five hundred words long, could take me two entirely different lengths of time to complete. I’ve taken all week to write before, and other times I’ve jammed entries out just a few hours before they were due. Is the latter of the two examples less engaging than the former? I don’t think so. How about you?
Does the time it takes to create something speak directly to its worth? How would you describe the correlation between time spent and value presented?
Just a Reminder: The very first topic for January is up and waiting for you to show us paradise! How will you interpret the concept of Inception?